A U.S. Intelligence official recently intercepted some information that Russia is contemplating turning over the traitor Edward Snowden as a “gift” to the U.S. and President Trump. We assume they are trying to make good with the new President who has called Snowden a “spy” and “traitor.”
A senior level operative released the previous information and a secondary operative confirmed that the information was true and has been collected since the inauguration. When Snowden’s ACLU lawyer, Ben Wizner, heard the news, he responded that they knew nothing about it:
“Team Snowden has received no such signals and has no new reason for concern.”
Snowden also responded to the intel with a very interesting tweet that essentially proves he didn’t work for Russia:
“Finally: irrefutable evidence that I never cooperated with Russian intel. No country trades away spies, as the rest would fear they’re next.”
Finally: irrefutable evidence that I never cooperated with Russian intel. No country trades away spies, as the rest would fear they’re next. https://t.co/YONqZ1gYqm
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) February 10, 2017
Both Snowden and his lawyer took the news calmly without much anger or frustration. However, his Russian lawyer wasn’t too excited about the alleged news. Tass, the state-owned news agency reported his comment below:
“There are no reasons to extradite Edward Snowden to the U.S. This is some kind of speculation coming from so-called US special service sources. I think this topic was and remains on the political plane in the U.S., but it’s American special services that are puppeteering this story with sporadic information plants.”
Much like Snowden said in his tweet, Kucherena said Russia doesn’t sell people. “the Snowden issue cannot be a bargaining chip on any level, neither political nor economic,” he said. Not to speculate, but it’s interesting that both Snowden and Kucherena said very similar comments.
Juan Zarate has told the Trump administration that any trade with Russia would be foolish. Zarate, the former deputy national security adviser issued a statement to the Trump administration saying:
“For Russia, this would be a win-win. They’ve already extracted what they needed from Edward Snowden in terms of information and they’ve certainly used him to beat the United States over the head in terms of its surveillance and cyber activity.”
“It would signal warmer relations and some desire for greater cooperation with the new administration, but it would also no doubt stoke controversies and cases in the U.S. around the role of surveillance, the role of the U.S. intelligence community, and the future of privacy and civil liberties in an American context. All of that would perhaps be music to the ears of Putin.”
Trump issued a statement about Snowden in July saying, “I think he’s a total traitor and I would deal with him harshly. And if I were president, Putin would give him over.” Although we know the stance of the President, the White House made no comment. The Justice Department, on the other hand, said they would welcome the return of Snowden since he has a minimum of 30 years in prison for his treason.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo also agrees with the Justice Department and believes Snowden should face American justice. “I think the proper outcome would be that he would be given a death sentence,” Pompeo said last year.
Snowden already had over 1 million people sign a petition during Obama’s presidency, but he did not start it. He is still being hailed as a hero by many and a traitor by many. What do you think about Snowden’s actions? Do you think Russia should hand him over to the U.S.? Let us know in the comments below!
Source: NBC News